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Malik Monk suspended indefinitely for violating NBA’s anti-drug policy


NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

The wording of Shams’ Tweet is a little hard to parse, but I take it to mean Monk will stay suspended until he is deemed back in compliance with the league’s anti-drug policy.

The harsh punishment implies that there’s something serious at play here. The league requires three positive tests before a player can be suspended for marijuana violations, and even then the punishment is only five games. Performance enhancing drugs merit a 25 game suspension.

So far we haven’t been given any elaboration on what the exact infraction is, and it’s unlikely we ever will. We saw Tyreke Evans receive a two year ban for what seems like a similar infraction, and we’ve yet to hear more details on that case.

This post will be updated if and when more information becomes available.